There Is No Time to Lose

What do you need to do that you haven’t begun (or begun enthusiastically), because it will take a long time or you’re wondering if you will ever get it fully accomplished?

Louis Hubert Lyautey was a French General during WWI during which he saved Morocco from the Germans. After the war, Lyautey asked his gardener to plant a tree in a particular part of his estate. The gardener objected, saying that the tree the he had chosen was particularly slow-growing and would not reach maturity for at least a century. Lyautey replied, “In that case, there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon.”

When one becomes a Christian, she is urged not to remain a babe in Christ being able only to handle the milk of the word, but to grow to maturity (Eph 4:15). When a man becomes a husband, he has much to experience, many mistakes to make, and lessons to learn before he is the truly effective family head that God wants him to be. When one becomes a mother, she has so much to learn before she develops the mature mothering skills that will be the greatest benefit to the children entrusted to her by God. It will not take a century for the Christian, husband, or mother to mature if maturity is pursued diligently, but it will take a while. There is no time to lose. Better start now!  — Richard and JeannaLynn

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